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State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL) is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Nick Rogers, Paul Povse
Rating
Title/Year
Author
1
3/4
From a deep-fat fryer of Brangelina publicity comes not a greasy meal, but a solid summer souffle that crackles thanks to great chemistry, good action and an inventive score.
Posted Jun 13, 2005
2
2/4
Does Chris Rock even know what year it is? His tired-for-a-decade references bog down a remake that would be unwatchable were it not for a jazzed-up climactic game.
Posted May 26, 2005
3
3/4
Madagascar (2005)
Though far from memorable, and bogged down by incongruous shout-outs to other movies, it's still a perfectly pleasant, slight summer diversion that's worth the escape.
Posted May 26, 2005
4
3.5/4
It's the only new prequel that doesn't feel like robots were behind the camera, and the most thrilling, enthralling and tragic episode since Empire.
Posted May 19, 2005
5
3/4
The movie could have sunk its claws deeper, but Fonda floors her comeback vehicle and you'd have to go to pre-pop diva days to find Lopez this effortlessly appealing.
Posted May 12, 2005
6
2.5/4
It has just enough sociology, and is wholly dismissive of physics and logic. Still, the last half-hour's unbridled action raises it to the original's enjoyable-trash level.
Posted Apr 29, 2005
7
3.5/4
Stephen Chow's giddy genre grab bag of a movie is infectiously silly, breathtaking and easily the most exhilarating pure kung fu movie in years.
Posted Apr 21, 2005
8
2.5/4
Shorter and sillier than the original, but easily more entertaining, this version feels like less like a documentary of supernatural events than a piece of nasty pulp horror.
Posted Apr 14, 2005
9
3/4
Sahara (2005)
Clive Cussler needs to calm down and quit complaining. As silly, mindless pieces of entertainment go, Sahara is fine, and the perfect adaptation of a Cussler book.
Posted Apr 7, 2005
10
2/4
Beauty Shop (2005)
The camera observes big-bootied women, a fine guy who might be gay and Alicia Silverstone's terminally white dancing, but it doesn't exactly count as observational humor.
Posted Apr 4, 2005
11
2/4
Sandra Bullock's heart doesn't seem in this particular bit of silliness. It's as if she knows the comic opportunities of making her a cast-iron you-know-what aren't knocking.
Posted Mar 24, 2005
12
1.5/4
The Ring Two (2005)
Super-flashy American directors are supposed to gum up the works in a remake, not the original filmmaker. This is a narratively hollow, fright-free exercise of franchise.
Posted Mar 17, 2005
13
3/4
Robots (2005)
Brisk, funny and smart about its themes without going too far. What doesn't compute are strained fart jokes and the mania of Robin Williams. He should be outmoded.
Posted Mar 10, 2005
14
2.5/4
The Pacifier (2005)
This cross between Kindergarten Cop and Uncle Buck is neither as bad nor as inventive as it could have been. It's not a 180 for Diesel, but more like a 120.
Posted Mar 4, 2005
15
1/4
It's a fractured fairy tale for religious zealots and fart-joke enthusiasts that, in its pious lessons of forgiveness, does the unforgivable by using Christianity as a crutch.
Posted Feb 24, 2005
16
3.5/4
Constantine (2005)
A moody mystery movie that moves from questions of faith to demon beat-downs to fatalist humor with the compelling, churning appeal of a hard-boiled B-movie ride.
Posted Feb 17, 2005
17
3/4
Hitch (2005)
Forget Will Smith and Eva Mendes. You'll hope for a hook-up on future films between Smith and the very funny Kevin James. Their chemistry saves an otherwise mediocre movie.
Posted Feb 10, 2005
18
1.5/4
Kevin Spacey has made a passionless one-man show about the wrong man. It's a showcase for the star-director's pipes, no doubt, but also his pretensions.
Posted Feb 3, 2005
19
2.5/4
A thematically inconsistent and dramatically unsatisfying false idol that has been strangely elevated to the level of Clint Eastwood's actual masterpieces.
Posted Jan 27, 2005
20
2/4
You'll likely be checking your watch in hopes of an affirmative answer to the movie's title. In this case for Cube, N.W.A. stands for Nominally Worthy Adventure.
Posted Jan 20, 2005
21
3/4
Kinsey (2004)
Blessed with a knockout cast, writer-director Bill Condon delivers a film that rises above biopic conventions until its murky message ending.
Posted Jan 18, 2005
22
3/4
Though Brad Silberling can't rein in Jim Carrey's annoying mugging, he's redeemed by his film's strong, tenderly handled themes, brilliant look and literary-minded smarts.
Posted Jan 18, 2005
23
2.5/4
What could have been a campy calamity boasts some surprising elegance. But there is zero romantic heat and a vocally and emotionally flat performance from Gerard Butler.
Posted Jan 18, 2005
24
3/4
The film's laughs, and its heart, are in the right place, even if some of its scenarios feel like borderline premises for TV sitcoms.
Posted Jan 18, 2005
25
2/4
White Noise (2005)
Were White Noise a little bolder, smarter and nastier, the frustrating questions its ending raises would have become fascinating talking points for the drive home.
Posted Jan 6, 2005
26
2/4
Save for Ryan Reynolds' sorely needed wit, the movie is filled with wasted opportunities that befpre would have provided memorable character moments or lusciously nasty bits.
Posted Dec 10, 2004
27
1/4
If positive thinking results in computer-animated body cells farting or singing Robert Palmer, our chi, mojo, or whatever has miles to go toward self-actualization.
Posted Dec 9, 2004
28
2.5/4
Alexander (2004)
Bad cinematic and casting choices abound, but what keeps it compelling and watchable is Oliver Stone's keen eye for how youthful, talented men live fast and die young.
Posted Dec 9, 2004
29
4/4
Closer (2004)
One of 2004's best, this unpredictable shell game dazzles with savage truth, its harsh, ugly discourse reminiscent of Neil LaBute before he softened into repetition.
Posted Dec 9, 2004
30
2.5/4
If The Goonies starred adults, contained a pamphlet's worth of history, drew half the laughs and lacked Sloth and Chunk, it would be National Treasure.
Posted Nov 23, 2004
31
2/4
With the exception of Zellweger, it's a film that has assembled its cast only for continuity of facial recognition and nothing so important as story, characters or emotion.
Posted Nov 14, 2004
32
2.5/4
Its storybook look and early energy is enthralling, but the end message is not so much that believing keeps you young as it does guarantee membership in an important club.
Posted Nov 14, 2004
33
4/4
There is more unexpectedly moving, palpable, identifiable jeopardy and danger for these animated characters than in much of the recent low-rate live-action superhero junk.
Posted Nov 4, 2004
34
3.5/4
Ray (2004)
Jamie Foxx's inhabitance of Charles is a work of transformation that rockets beyond the weight gain, gender switching or beauty-trapping ugly makeup the Academy holds so dear.
Posted Oct 28, 2004
35
2/4
Saw (2004)
As gory a guilty pleasure as Saw is at the outset, it falls prey to the postulate that no one knows how to end a thriller without resorting to surprise without sense.
Posted Oct 28, 2004
36
2.5/4
For all its what-are-we-all-here-for frenzy, the forced and gimmicky Big Spiritual Revelation boils down to taking the good with the bad. And that's not worth the $8.
Posted Oct 21, 2004
37
3.5/4
Despite minor bugaboos, the film works because each play and conversation is filled with a nervy feeling of how fate could turn on its characters at any moment.
Posted Oct 17, 2004
38
3/4
Ladder 49 (2004)
Filled with earnest heroics that are a far cry from the cynical deconstruction on FX's Rescue Me. But it works its own level, as its own project.
Posted Sep 30, 2004
39
1/4
It invites an audience laugh track with the absurdity of its big reveal. And sucking characters into the sky is a good metaphor for what the film does to its acting talent.
Posted Sep 23, 2004
40
2/4
Mr. 3000 (2004)
Any movie that goes to the well twice for a Jay Leno appearance suffers from comedic dehydration.
Posted Sep 16, 2004
41
3/4
Cellular (2004)
Funny, exciting and smart (as much as it can be), Cellular is every bit the telephone-based heartstopper Phone Booth failed to be.
Posted Sep 9, 2004
42
2.5/4
Vanity Fair (2004)
The movie isn't Cliffs Notes, so much as it is a fast-food drive-thru for a classic novel. Beautifully filmed and its costumes are seamless, though the story's not.
Posted Sep 2, 2004
43
3.5/4
Collateral (2004)
It's a perfect musical mood mix-tape, until the film's climax, where Michael Mann evokes a pop song cool on first listen but deadened by excessive airplay.
Posted Aug 9, 2004
44
3.5/4
Much as Demme did in The Silence of the Lambs, he blends together a class cast, stunning style and freaky-deaky B-movie vibes into a tantalizingly jittery thriller.
Posted Jul 29, 2004
45
3.5/4
The script goes to acceptable lengths to make the duo more than the idiotic, giggling stoners we'd usually see.
Posted Jul 29, 2004
46
2.5/4
I, Robot (2004)
Only if you've never seen one before, it's the best sci-fi movie ever made. It's entertaining, but essentially a shiny new retread of older models.
Posted Jul 15, 2004
47
2.5/4
King Arthur (2004)
The potential of a political bent to this tale is realized nicely, and the film metes out proportions of angst against action with greater care than Spider-Man 2.
Posted Jul 8, 2004
48
4/4
Instantly quotable and destined for classic comedic status.
Posted Jul 8, 2004
49
3/4
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Inspiration strikes when Spider-Man returns to full-tilt, but with a better balance of spectacle and sentiment, it could have been a four-star, fist-pumping triumph.
Posted Jul 1, 2004
50
4/4
It would be convenient to slap the film as a liberal fantasy, but what Moore has to say comes off neither as the words of a blowhard with archival access nor a partisan wag.
Posted Jun 24, 2004